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January 9, 2012

Airman killed in attack returns to U.S.

TRAVERSE CITY — The remains of a Traverse City native killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan have been returned to the U.S., the Air Force said Sunday.

Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana confirmed that the body of Tech. Sgt. Matthew S. Schwartz, of Traverse City, had been flown to Dover, Del., Air Force Base. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday.

The 34-year-old and two others died when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Defense Department said.

Schwartz was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.

He was a 1996 Traverse City Central High School graduate with 12 years in the Air Force and on his sixth deployment.

Also killed in the attack were Senior Airman Bryan Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa., of the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; and Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler, 24, of Westminster, Md., of the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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